Lacyflake KAL patterns available now

Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge
in a complex world.
— Oscar Wilde

To close out 2014 and start off the new year, we will knit lacy snowflakes. The KAL features a special edition pattern for the small center-out medallion of Lacyflakes.

Snow is beautiful, especially when you can stay warm and cuddly indoors while knitting snowflakes. This small snowflake medallion starts at the center and grows in lacy rounds until completed with a free-form lace bind off technique.

Small Center-Out Lacyflake snowflake medallion

Small Center-Out Lacyflake snowflake medallion

The special edition Lacyflake #1 pattern is available HERE with special offers to KAL members.

Note to Premium members: check the Premium Area for your bonus Lacyflakes pattern that includes 4 versions of snowflakes made with center-out and outside-in free-form lace shaping techniques.

Lacyflakes

Lacyflakes

Time-limited Offers for KAL Members

Be sure to visit the Knitted Snowflakes KAL page with special offers for all KnitHeartStrings members!

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It’s Snowing at KnitHeartStrings!

To close out 2014 and start off the new year, we will knit lacy snowflakes. The KAL features a special edition pattern for the small center-out medallion of Lacyflakes. Stay tuned for announcement of availability of this special edition pattern to the general KnitHeartStrings membership soon.

Small Center-Out Lacyflake snowflake medallion

Small Center-Out Lacyflake snowflake medallion

Note to Premium members: check the Premium Area NOW for your bonus Lacyflakes pattern that includes 4 versions of snowflakes made with center out and outside in free-form lace shaping techniques.

Lacyflakes

Lacyflakes

Time-limited Offer for Paid Plans Members

As part of the benefits of paid level plans, the featured monthly KAL pattern is available to KnitHeartStrings Basic Level and Premium Level members as a FREE DOWNLOAD for a limited time during the KAL in the Knit-A-Longs area of the site.

Note to Premium level members: Check the Premium Area for your coupon code to deliver the featured KAL pattern free to your Ravelry library. Early access begins prior to the KAL opening date for other members, so be sure to check the Premium Area for new specials and bonuses often.

Time-limited Offer for Free Limited Content Members

Limited Content Level members get free access to all tutorials, tips & techniques articles. As a thank you for participating in the KAL, you also get 50% DISCOUNT off the featured monthly KAL pattern. Note: Discount period varies so please see details with dates announced for each KAL.

For even more savings and extra benefits, consider upgrading to a Basic or Premium paid plan.

Previous KAL’s

If you missed any of the previous knit-alongs for Bits of Lace 2012, BOBBOL 2013 or Beyond BOBBOL 2014, you can still take advantage of extra bonus FREE tutorials, tips & techniques articles in the blog archives at KnitHeartStrings.

Inviting you to knit along, learn along, and enjoy the making,

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Win the Last Prize Drawing of 2014

Congratulations to Teresa Lester, winner of the November Prize Drawing.

Teresa wrote: “Thank you so much!! I really love this pattern and the choices of yarn and bead colors. I think I like the pine green with the pearl beads combination the best though. And I’d be so grateful to have you string the beads for me. I have to use a magnifying glass every time I try to do it myself :( Glasses aren’t strong enough I guess!

You can still purchase Bitty Beady Christmas Tree as a pdf pattern, additional Kits with hard-copy pattern to gift to knitting friends, or Supplies Paks without pattern to make more bitty trees in an assortment of holiday colors.

Thanks to everyone participating, sharing and supporting the KALs and Prize Giveaways this year. We’ve got just one more prize drawing to go in 2014, so be sure to read on about what you could win.

December 2014 Giveaway – Win Premium Time on KnitHeartStrings

Premium MembershipTo close out the 2014 prize drawings, you could win a Premium Level Membership valued up to $39!

The value and type Premium Level Membership awarded will depend upon the winner’s membership level as of December 31, 2014 as follows:

Winner’s Membership Level as of December 31, 2014 Prize
Premium Annual 12 month extension to your annual premium membership
Premium Quarterly 90-day extension to your quarterly premium membership
Premium Monthly 30-day extension to your monthly premium membership
Limited Content 30-day premium trial membership

To Participate in the December Prize Giveaway

To enter the giveaway and earn entries, see the Monthly Prize Giveaway page to see how you can win this month’s prize for a Premium Membership.

A random drawing will be held from all entries that come in from December 1 – 31, 2014. I hope the winner will be YOU! Good luck.

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Unbeaded Variation of Mosaic Knitting

I had mentioned previously that beading the slip-stitch Mosaic pattern is optional. So if you are just not into beads or don’t have easy access to them, I do hope you will nevertheless give a try at the Mosaic Basket Weave Hat pattern for this month’s KAL.

In fact, I’ve just extended the KAL period another month so you can get the pattern and still have time to get to knitting for this KAL.

Although I don’t have an unbeaded version of the the Mosaic Basket Weave Hat to show you, I do have a photo of this unbeaded mosaic hat that is a derivative of that same stitch pattern.

Mosaic Diamond Hat (unbeaded)

Mosaic Diamond Hat (unbeaded)

Even without the beads, you can see that there is still of lot of textural and color interest going on compared to the beaded mosaic. In fact, sometimes I like this better, lol.

p.s. For those of you who have the bonus KAL pattern Beaded Diamond Mosaic Ensemble as part of your Premium membership, you will recognize the Diamond Mosaic pattern on the main part of this hat as being the same as in the cuffs of the socks and fingerless mittens ensemble. Basically, in this hat variation, the diamond portion just replaces the basket weave mosaic on the lower crown of the hat, then transitions into the crown decreases just as in the Basket Weave version.

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November Drawing for Bitty Beady Christmas Tree Gift Kit

Congratulations to Carole Moraine, winner of the October Prize Drawing for the Luxury Smoke Ring Kit. Thanks to everyone participating, sharing and supporting the KALs and Prize Giveaways. I couldn’t keep KnitHeartStrings going without you.

November Giveaway Prize: Bitty Beady Christmas Tree Gift Kit

In time for gift-giving season, this month’s KAL prize drawing is for HeartStrings’ most popular design for holiday decorating: Bitty Beady Christmas Tree. Bead “ornaments” peek in and out of the trellis lace branches on this tiny traditional-looking Christmas tree. The branch tips are formed with serrated edging, giving a realistic look.

Bitty Beady Christmas Tree knitted in pine green yarn and silver-lined red beads

The prize is a complete kit including hard-copy pattern, yarn and beads to make one bitty tree in your choice of color combos, along with a coordinating greeting card and matching envelope.

Knit and give the little tree as a gift (maybe even keep it for yourself?). Or gift the kit to a knitting friend to make for themselves.

There are 20 holiday color combos offered. I’ll even string the beads on the yarn for you if you want. Check out the color offerings for Bitty Beady Christmas Tree in the KnitHeartStrings Online Store.

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The coordinating greeting card with matching envelope makes a nice gift enclosure to go along with either giving the kit itself, or with your completed bitty tree.

Bitty Beady Christmas Trees greeting card and matching envelope

Bitty Beady Christmas Trees greeting card and matching envelope

To Participate in the November Prize Giveaway

See the Monthly Prize Giveaway page to see how you can win this month’s Bitty Beady Christmas Tree Gift Kit.

A random drawing will be held right after I tally the entries following November 30, 2014. I’ll announce the winner as soon as possible after that. I hope the winner will be YOU! Good luck.

p.s. You can also purchase Bitty Beady Christmas Tree as a pdf pattern, additional Kits with hard-copy pattern to gift to knitting friends, or Supplies Pak without pattern to make more bitty trees in an assortment of holiday colors.

Bitty Beady Christmas Tree pattern cover page

Bitty Beady Christmas Tree pattern cover page

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Beaded Mosaic Knitting KAL Open Now!

Today, November 5th, is the official kick-off of this month’s Beyond BOBBOL KAL for Beaded Mosaic Knitting. The project for our November learn-and-knit-along is Beaded Basket Weave Mosaic Hat.

If you love beads and glitz, then this one is for you!

Beaded Diamond Mosaic Hats

Beaded Diamond Mosaic Hats

November’s KAL Meeting Place

The KAL page was posted earlier today in case you have not visited yet to check out the details and get your pattern at special KnitHeartStrings member limited-time discounts. See the BEADED MOSAIC KNITTING KAL page.

November Goodies for Premium Members

The Premium Area was also updated today. Premium members can check it out for additional goodies as part of your paid VIP membership level.

KAL Prizes

Congratulations to Carole Morain, winner of October’s Prize Drawing for the special edition Smoke Ring Kit with luxury baby alpaca/merino/angora yarn?

Thanks to everyone participating, sharing and supporting the KALs and Prize Giveaways. I couldn’t keep KnitHeartStrings going without you.

I’ll be posting details about the Prize for the November drawing soon. Stay tuned!

Any questions? Let me know. Looking forward to another month of knitting together.

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Don’t overthink it: Narrow attached edging bind off

Don’t overthink this month’s 2-stitch decorative bind off edging

Sometimes it is the easy things that can trip us up in our knitting. It seems that is the case for a couple of our “experienced” knitters this month in overthinking. I am not naming any names, because of course there is no shame. It’s just an example of realizing that even when we are experienced, there is always more to learn. That is what keeps me ever-interested in this thing called knitting, lol. I am still learning, too.

Anonymous wrote: ”Thank you Jackie…I will try it and let you know….I consider myself an advanced knitter but just didn’t get that…thank you so much

As we gain more experience, it’s easy to whiz along and overlook simple cues in the instructions. Believe me, it has happened to me, too. So I am telling on myself, too. :)

Attach-as-you-knit method for lace edging as a bind off

I want to comment on the Decorative Bind Off Edging section of this month’s Smoke Ring with Lace Edging KAL pattern. I hope this will help you not trip up,. Whether  experienced or not, you’ll be able to recognize the cues in patterns you knit now and the future.  Continue reading

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